Society’s Global Appetite for Technology Accelerates Climate Change and E-Wastes

Leveraging the Power of Sustainable and Circular Procurement

Thursday, July 8th – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT


Technology is an essential and valued aspect of our lives, yet it comes at a price. The carbon footprint of our devices, the internet, and the systems supporting them account for about 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions, about as much as produced by the airline industry. Moreover, technology products continue to consume unsustainable amounts of materials and natural resources, be a source of hazardous substances, add to the largest growing waste stream in the world, e-waste, in addition to negative climate impacts.

While the technology sector is making strides to address their products’ environmental and social impacts, there continue to be sourcing from conflict zones, worker exposure to toxic substances during the manufacturer and assembly processes, and unacceptable labor and human rights behaviors throughout the supply chain. The Global Electronics Council works towards creating a world of only sustainable technology products and services through programs and partnerships to address these negative environmental and social impacts while maximizing the many positive benefits that technology brings to our daily lives.  Join GEC and SSF in a 90-minute webinar addressing how sustainable purchasing practices can accelerate the technology industry’s pathway to net-zero energy and planet friendlier products and waste management practices.

Topics include: 

  • Trends in technology uses and Earth impacts
  • Importance of consistent customer demand signals
  •  Getting to scale by aggregating the individual and private sector sustainable purchasing commitments



Reinier Guijt, Senior policymaker, Dutch ‎Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
Mr. Guijt promotes sustainable public procurement in the Netherlands and abroad, using government spending as a tool to achieve sustainability goals, promote a circular economy and social justice, and fight climate change. Mr. Reinier is an Organizing Member of the Circular & Fair ICT Pact (CFIT) under the UN One Planet Network SPP Programme. He frequently writes major policy papers, letters to parliament or news articles.

Nancy Gillis, CEO, Global Electronics Council.
As CEO of GEC, a mission-driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world of only sustainable information technology. GEC manages EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for IT products. Fortthe past 20 years, Ms. Gillis has leveraged sustainability to increase competitiveness, reduce risk, and foster innovation in public and private sector organizations. Ms. Gillis has led Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains with Ernst & Young (EY) and managed sustainable procurement engagements for Fortune 100 companies. Prior, as Director of the GSA Federal Supply Chain office, she expanded the use of sustainability criteria and ecolabels in federal procurements.
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